Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, is currently only available on the Amazon Echo. It looks like the company might be bringing her over to the Fire TV line in the near future, however.
Some code in Amazon’s Fire OS 5 developer preview points towards Alexa getting functionality in the Fire TV, but it’s not completely clear if that’ll be back ported to the original line of devices or if it will only be available in the newer line, whenever those are announced. Read more
Marvell has announced a collaboration with European telecom Swisscom to bring some new ultra HD Android TV boxes to market. The boxes rely on Android TV as a backbone but also makes it easy for subscribers to enjoy Swisscom’s ultra HD content. Read more
Messaging services can be a useful alternative to your standard SMS messaging on your smartphone. While a standard text message uses your carrier plan, a messaging app only uses WiFi and is completely independent, which means you won’t actually need a plan from a carrier to use it. These are also useful if you want to message simultaneously on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, and they often have a ton of extra features that your standard text messaging app simply won’t have.
We’ve compiled some of the best and most popular apps available to give you a few to test out.
Domain is a multi-platform property business based in Australia that provides info and advice for anyone looking to buy, sell, rent, or invest. Read more
Slickwraps has announced a new collaboration with artist Justin Maller to bring some superhero flair to your smartphone with a line of protective cases. The cases feature several heroes and are available for most 2015 flagship devices. Read more
Git is the popular and widely used version control distribution system in the world of software. Tons and tons of projects and applications use GitHub as a code repository for keeping things synced up through distribution, and it’s one of the most effective ways to do so. Read more
T-Mobile is sending out updates for several Samsung Galaxy phones on its network, covering all the major flagship devices Samsung has released this year. This includes the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Note 5. Read more
Samsung has announced that it will be producing the world’s first 12 Gb LPDDR4 DRAM for mobile phones based on its 20 nm process. That’s a lot of fancy talk that basically means we’re probably going to start seeing huge amounts of RAM in phones and tablets soon. Read more
Samsung Pay was originally announced with the Galaxy S6, although it’s been delayed several times since then. It finally went live last month, but only in South Korea, and is slated to kick off in North America later this month.
After a month in South Korea, Samsung has talked a bit about how people are reacting to and using the service, and so far it seems like customers and retailers alike are pretty happy with the experience so far. Read more
Minecraft Pocket Edition got a pretty major update today that adds in two new features; controller support, and cross-platform multiplayer for up to five people.
Controller support is a big one, especially if you hate playing games like this with a touch screen. Now the app features a page in the settings where you can assign buttons to actions, so you can completely remap a controller however you see fit. Read more